UPDATED: American Association Of Independent Music's annual Indie Week invades New York City on June 17 - 20. The usually very smart team at A2IM have foolishly invited me to participate on a panel titled Streaming Manipulation "The Ethics of Streaming." I hope to see you there.
The successful and weird phenomenon known as the Eurovision Song Contest reportedly will see a North American version in the near future. The song competition, which pits European countries and others including Israel and Australia, against each other for the campiest song possible, could launch in the U.S. in 2021.
The Americana Music Association has named nominees for its 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards. Women dominated the 2019 nods with Brandi Carlisle Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples among the nominated.
In a new ten-day event created by Bree Noble, thirty-three experts will offer tactical strategies and actionable advice to independent artists looking to both earn and retain more money in their music industry careers.
Deborah Dugan, the CEO of nonprofit AIDS group (RED), will reportedly replace current president/CEO Neil Portnow when his contract ends in July. Portnow, who helmed the Recording Academy and its Grammy Awards for 17 years, said last year that he would leave the organization when his contract ended this summer.
Questlove has been added to keynote this year's ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO. ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams will interview the drummer, DJ, producer, author and member of The Roots, who will also recieve an ASCAP Creative Voice Award.
African based music streamer Boomplay Music has raised $20 million in Series A funding to expand across Africa. The company reports more than 44 million app downloads and is adding an average of 2 million new subscribers monthly.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame had its 2019 induction ceremony at Barclays Center in New York this weekend and it was an evening of gratitude and well-wishes not only for the inductees, but also to the Hall itself for a job well done.
Eligibility for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards will close Aug. 31, a full month earlier than in previous years. The shift comes alongside the Grammy telecast moving up two weeks to Jan. 26, 2020, after the Academy Awards moved its telecast to Feb. 9, 2020, the same day as the original Grammy date.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the nominees for its 2019 indie music Libera Awards. The Libera Awards will be held on June 20th in New York City as part of Indie Week.
SXSW 2019 is in full swing, but perhaps you blew your conference and travel budget donating funds to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood or your local Premium Tequila Society. Or maybe the chaise lounge at your Austin hotel pool is so damn comfortable that you can't bear the thought of waiting in line to see Buzz Band 2019.
"I launched my company at SXSW in 1996 with a dream to be a publicist and a stack of orange business cards that I had stayed up all night perfecting at Kinkos the night before I arrived in Austin," writes Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR. "I remember seeing Joan Osborne and I also remember taking it very seriously because after all, it is a music conference. Amazing to think how much it has grown."
Concert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW on Wednesday with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street in Austin.
International music industry convention Midem has unveiled its jury for this year’s Midemlab music startup competition. Sponsored by Deezer and Recochoku,Midemlab showcases the most promising international music-related startups offering fresh opportunities to the music sector.
CD Baby is returning to the Berklee College of Music campus in Valencia, Spain for the European edition of its popular DIY Musician Conference. To be held on April 6-7, the conference is designed to impact self-managed artists’ careers through actionable ideas and advice.
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Kobalt’s AWAL has signed long-term worldwide recordings deal with Omar Apollo. Apollo already has 45 million streams on Spotify and an extensive touring history. Apollo will perfrom at the AWAL House Showcase at SXSW.
With SXSW just around the corner, members of the music industry are scrambling to get their ducks in a row in order catch all the incredible shows they want to see, meet all the people they want to meet, and maybe even grab a bite to eat along the way. A thrilling but often overwhelming experience, Angela Mastrogiacomo here offers four tips for how to deal with the chaos of SXSW 2019.
The Blues Foundation has today (March 1) announced the 2019 inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame. Among this year’s honorees are Pee Wee Crayton, Moe Asch, Booker T. & the MG, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bessie Smith and Elmore James.
Concert discovery platform Bandsintown returns to SXSW with its second annual Big Break Showcase, the festival’s only fan data-driven official showcase. It will be held o Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM on the rooftop of Maggie Mae’s on 6th Street.
As more allegations of predatory behavior by men in the music business continue to emerge, Chris Robley shares a recent open letter from Joe Crookston to the Arts and Music Community, encouraging men in the music industry to make a commitment to act as true allies to women in the business.
Music conferences can a be a life changing experience, and the perfect place to educate yourself about the industry, connect with your contemporaries, and make contact with the powers that be. They can also be a huge waste of time however, so we've here provided a short list of must-attend conferences.
The UK music industry gathered at the O2 Arena on Wednesday for the annual Brit Awards, with The 1975 taking top honors, winning album of the year for their hit A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The 1975 also took home the 2019 Brit Award for British group.
From agents to artists and tour buses to trucks, Pollstar Live! is the gathering of the tribe for the touring industry. This was the first year that new grand poobah Ray Wadell and the Oak View Group were in charge, and they left their stamp in nothing but positive ways. Hypebot and our sister company, the Skyline Artists Agency were there. But so was Kosha Dillz, and this man knows how to work a room.